Reporter’s Notebook: Extempore congress exposes not only the KMT’s failings, but Hung’s as well

Taipei Times
Date:  Oct 21, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

The Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) extempore party congress that took p03-151021-hungplace on Saturday last week might have served its purpose — removing Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) and nominating KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) to be the party’s presidential candidate — but it also served as an example of what to expect from the party: Nothing has changed in a party with a long tradition of implicit anti-democratic rules and institutions left behind after its decades-long authoritarian party-state rule.

The congress was aired live on TV. The public witnessed Hung’s candidacy rescinded by a show of hands and Chu nominated by party representatives clapping their hands.     [FULL SORY]

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